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RECIPE | Karoo lamb chops with spekboom chimmichuri

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Karoo lamb chops with spekboom chimmichuri.
Karoo lamb chops with spekboom chimmichuri.
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Lorna Maseko, an internationally renowned chef and TV personality, visited the Karoo during an episode of Homegrown Tastes South Africa - a show on BBC Lifestyle.

She was joined by beloved ‘Big Chef’ Jason Fortuin from Graaff-Reinet and together they cooked up a storm.

Here are the recipes that Lorna prepared during the show.

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Karoo lamb chops with spekboom chimmichuri

Ingredients:

6 Thick cut lamb loin chops

Basting sauce:

Juice of a fresh lemon

¼ cup olive oil

12 cloves of garlic, crushed

2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary

Salt and pepper

3 tbsp chutney

Method:

  • Mix the basting sauce ingredients (except the chutney) well.
  • Leave the chops to marinate in the sauce for 30 minutes.
  • Thread the chops onto 2 skewers so all the fat is on one side.
  • Cook in a pan for 3 - 5 minutes (fat side down), the skewers help the chops to stay up right.
  • Meanwhile add the chutney to any residual marinade.
  • Then remove from the skewer and cook for 2 - 3 minutes on each side.
  • Add the basting sauce towards the end and let the chops get a beautiful caramelized layer.
The ingredients you need for the spekboom chimmichuri.
karoo lamb

Spekboom Chimmichurri

Ingredients

A handful fresh parsley, chopped

A handful fresh coriander

2 - 3 tbsp red wine vinegar

¼ cup olive oil

1 garlic clove, finely grated

2 tsp wholegrain mustard or honey for some sweetness

Salt and freshly milled pepper

¼ cup spekboom, the leaves stripped off the stalks

Method

  • Blend all the ingredients except the spekboom - the spekboom should be chopped finely and added towards the end.

Parmesan and truffle pap

Ingredients

2 cups chicken stock (or 2 cups milk)

¾ to 1 cup mielie meal

1 cup parmesan

Salt and pepper

3 tbsp butter

Method

  • Heat the chicken stock or chicken stock fond and milk (or you can go half and half).
  • Stir in the mielie meal and cook with the lid on for 10 - 15 minutes over a very low heat.
  • Add cheese and butter and season well.
Lorna Maseko busy preparing a feast.
Lorna Maseko busy preparing a feast.

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